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Politically charged and deeply insightful, this critical exploration of poetry maps the interior of our deepest feelings and fears through reflections on money, commerce, and the capitalist machine. Allegorically referencing the topical issues of labor and finance, each piece turns current concerns into timeless verse, with unrelenting courage and candor. Offering a modern ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Omnidawn Publishing
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Dawn
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I continue in awe of the way Taransky can break a line. The poems are as worked as work can be, but broken thank goodness, broken like champs. Can't imagine the lines any differently. But I don't really think the crux of this stuff is its brokenness. It's about hearing the said saying. I like that. I don't know why it took me so long to read this!
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Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Taransky's SORRY WAS IN THE WOODS (2013) was my favorite book of poems I read in 2014. BARN BURNED, THEN is from 2009, and, as is often the case, I have to resist the urge to downgrade an earlier work too harshly, just because I read it second. It's like hearing ROAD TO RUIN before ROCKET TO RUSSIA.

Anyway, Taransky's lines are taut and suggestive, and she's working from a fully considered blueprint, both things I admire greatly in any book of poems. But in the early going, the application of dis
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Sharon
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This poem builds breathlessly. It's very personal--a fragmented and internalized monologue that moves stealthily outward with its subtle conflation of "barn" and "bank," its attachment to the "real" and heart-rending "things" of life and the world and its subsequent and ineluctable movement outward to the ruinous ideas that mold our culture. Michelle quotes as one of her epigraphs Genevieve Taggard: "They sold the calf. That fall the bank took over." This book left me ragged in my skin and full ...more
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my first book, "Barn Burned, Then" was selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize.